Cornered against a wall and with a steel hook pushed around his neck, the dog emits a savage howl in a desperate attempt to fight free, but poison will soon be forced into his mouth as Kabul’s cull of strays claims another kill.
Breitbart (h/t The Opinionator) About 17,600 dogs were poisoned last year by municipal workers in the Afghan capital in an effort to protect residents from disease and to control the rocketing population of canines that roam the city’s streets and open ground.
The method of killing is brutally effective. Teams of dog-catchers wearing orange suits use long steel hooks, wooden bars and large nets to ensnare their prey with practised skill. A heavy boot is put on the dog’s neck, and a spoon is used to press deadly strychnine into the mouth and gums. Then the dogs are tied to ropes, and die within an hour in spasms of agony.
Alternatively, poisoned meat is left out at night and by morning the ground is littered with corpses. The dogs, sometimes showing the final flickers of life, are thrown into the back of a truck and dumped on waste tips on the city outskirts.
One Kabul resident, Ghazal Sharifi, a dentist, told AFP how she had befriended a stray dog that had six puppies near her workplace — and one day she discovered them all being poisoned. “The workers laughed at me as I held the dying bodies,” Sharifi said. “This inhumane cruelty to animals is un-Islamic. “I saw dogs being thrown into a truck even when they were still just alive, piled one on top of another.”